ECOWAS Congratulates Liberia on Peaceful Elections -Says Election Shows Democracy is Alive in the Region
MONROVIA: As Liberians grapple with the reality of having elected a new administration led by the opposition Unity Party who standard bearer Joseph Nyuma Boakai who became victorious at the presidential runoff polls, commendations have stated pouring in to the people of Liberia for peacefully exercising their governance franchise to elect the national leader that will steer the country for the next six years. The West African regional body furthered that the peaceful outcome of the entire electoral process shows that democracy is alive in West Africa and that change is possible through peaceful means.
Prominent among such commendations, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has congratulated the people of Liberia on the peaceful conduct of the 2023 Presidential and Legislative Elections.
Making its position known in an official statement on November 18, 2023, ECOWAS used the occasion to also congratulate Ambassador Joseph Boakai on his election as President of Liberia, while saluting President George Weah for graciously accepting the results of the elections.
“Liberians have once again demonstrated that democracy is alive in the ECOWAS region and that change is possible through peaceful means.
“ECOWAS commends all the stakeholders, including the political parties, National Elections Commission, the civil society, the security forces as well as local and international partners, for their commitment to a credible and inclusive electoral process as enshrined in the Revised Farmington River Declaration.
“The next phase of Liberia’s democratic journey is crucial; ECOWAS therefore calls on the people of Liberia to maintain and safeguard the peace and security of the country at all times.
“ECOWAS will continue to support the people of Liberia to consolidate peace and security, deepen democracy and foster socio-economic development,” the ECOWAS statement from Abuja, Nigeria indicated.